After destroying the Cincinnati Bengals, Baker Mayfield spoke his mind. And he did so at the expense of former head coach Hue Jackson.
“…Left Cleveland, goes down to Cincinnati,” Mayfield told reporters following Sunday’s game. “It’s just somebody that was in our locker room asking us to play for him, and then goes to a different team we play twice a year. Everybody can have their spin on it, but that’s how I feel.”
Eventually, Baker would label Hue as “fake.”
But if you want him to take those comments back, he won’t. In fact, he doesn’t care what you think about those comments. Even if you think they’re all a bit silly.
“People get maturity confused with me being 100 percent comfortable in my own skin,” Mayfield told ESPN’s Pat McManamon on Wednesday. “So that’s absolutely how I am. I’ve always been that way. It’s not immature. It’s me being exactly who I am every day, being that same guy for our team, and I think that’s very important right now.”
And if you’re wondering why or how Jackson is “fake,” you’re never going to find out. Again, Mayfield doesn’t care what you think.
“There were just things that happened inside the building that I’m not going to get into detail with,” he added. Who knows — maybe we’ll hear all about it on ‘Hard Knocks’ next year. We can dream, right?
Anyway, the Browns (4-6-1) are experiencing their most successful season since 2014, when they went 7-9. Yikes. However, there’s reason for optimism. One of them is Mayfield, who is doing just fine during his rookie season. In nine games, he’s completing 62.7% of his passes with 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He’s averaging 249.1 yards per game as well. Add it all up and that gives him a solid passer rating of 93.2 but a fairly underwhelming QBR of 54. Though, over his past five games, Mayfield has been rolling.
He’s completing 69.6% of his passes and has 1,166 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Halfback Nick Chubb is doing his part on the ground as well. In other words, the Browns seem to be doing just fine without Jackson on their sideline. So keep holding that grudge, Mayfield. Because fake or not, one thing seems pretty clear.
Hue Jackson isn’t a good head coach.